Workshops, Courses & Events

This page lists events, workshops and courses hosted or sponsored by OIRM.

Can’t make it in person? Some of our events are live streamed on our YouTube channel. Please click on individual listings for more details.

We encourage live tweeting at our events using #OIRMevents.

ISSCR 2019 Annual meeting
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day
ISSCR 2019 Annual meeting

The ISSCR Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California from 26-29 June, 2019. this four-day program features more than 200 speakers from around the world, demonstrating the excellence of stem cells and regenerative medicine research.

OIRM is offering travel awards to help support trainees attendance at this meeting, please submit your abstract directly to ISSCR by February 6, 2019 to be considered for an oral or poster presentation.

Early registration closes March 3, 2019.

Global Speaker Series – Shulamit Levenberg
Jul 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Shulamit Levenberg, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Technion — Israel Institute of Technology and the inaugural Medicine by Design Scholar in Residence.

Please check back soon for more details.


NAVRMA Regenerative Medicine Meeting
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day

The annual North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association (NAVRMA) conference is an important event for the veterinary and translational regenerative medicine community. It supports collaboration between practicing veterinarians and research scientists, offers a venue for sharing the latest information on regenerative medicine, and promotes development of skills and techniques for practicing veterinarians. This meeting also builds on the One Health approach and has significant input from human health researchers for the purpose of better the lives of animals while also gathering important pre-clinical data for the benefit of human medicine.

The 2019 NAVRMA meeting will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake, being the first time this meeting will be held in Canada.

To register and learn more click here. OIRM members can use the promo code OIRM2019 to receive special discounted pricing.

Global Speaker Series – Guo-Li Ming
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Guo-Li Ming, MD, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Please check back soon for more details.


Current Trends in Biotherapeutics Workshop
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Recent developments in biotherapeutic tools and techniques are driving better health outcomes and the commercialization of promising technologies and therapies. This workshop will cover innovative ways of using data to inform decision-making, and solutions for delivering complex cell and gene therapies. These tools and capabilities are being developed in the context of a rapidly changing industry, which may have an impact on the rate and direction of progress. Final products are subject to a commercialization and reimbursement framework that is being challenged by the pace, scale and novelty of this new era of biotechnology. The latter half of this workshop will cover the mechanisms for investment to support commercialization of promising products.

For more information and to register please see the event page.

Travel awards:

OIRM along with BioCanRx and Stem Cell Network are offering a limited number of travel awards to enable eligible trainees to attend this workshop. The travel support application deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2019, more details on travel awards and to apply please click here.

Presented in partnerships with the CTEG:

Building a bridge: Manufacturing, analytics and trials for translational biomedical researchers workshop
Sep 30 – Oct 4 all-day

This workshop, hosted jointly by BioCanRx and the OIRM, is designed to allow participating teams to develop a feasible and realistic plan for manufacturing and clinical testing of their product or procedure in an early-phase clinical trial. The course will use Good Manufacturing, Laboratory and Clinical Practices (GMP, GLP, GCP) as a framework to provide investigators with a working knowledge of the human, physical, and financial resources required, and the timelines needed for clinical translation. The goal is to help investigators translate their discoveries to novel biotherapeutic agents (particularly cells, gene-modified cells, and viruses) for cancer and regenerative medicine applications in an academic setting while working with either a CMO, academic manufacturing facility or developing your own in-house manufacturing 

By the end of this workshop, participants will: 

  • Understand the skill set required in an interdisciplinary team for the effective management of a new drug development program   
  • Understand the infrastructure resources (human, operational and facilities) required to institute a regulated early-phase clinical trial;  
  • Understand the GMP, GLP and GCP requirements to be compliant with Canadian federal regulations for clinical drug development 
  • Understand good documentation practices (GDP) required to institute a regulated early-phase clinical trial;  
  • Have engaged with a network of experts in the area of GxP and biotherapeutics.  

Approximately six research groups will be invited to attend the workshop, which will have presentations interspersed with case studies and one-on-one discussion periods with various subject matter experts.


Intended audience: 

This workshop is intended for researchers considering early-phase clinical testing of a biotherapeutic product or procedure in the regenerative or cancer medicine field. Projects can span the continuum of BioCanRx and OIRM therapies including gene therapy and engineered cell products, manipulated or cultured cell products and vaccine or virus products.  

Proposed Format and Process:   

  • Participating research groups are required to include a principal investigator, a trainee and one or two additional personnel that are involved in project management and regulatory issues. The investigator must commit to attending the entire workshop.  
  • This will be a 5 day, in-person workshop from September 30 – October 4, 2019 in Ottawa. 
  • Research groups will be expected to present their research on the first and last days of the workshop. The first presentation will serve to introduce their projects and the second presentation will entail a summary of how research groups will move forward with the development of their discovery, integrating the GxP considerations into the next phases of their research program. Peer to peer and expert feedback will be provided.  
  • There will be a core didactic curriculum with presentations by content experts  
  • This will be supplemented with case studies by experienced investigators or content experts.  
  • The schedule will include working time to allow teams to develop a GxP plan, talk and network with peers, or engage the content experts in further project-specific in-depth discussions.  This will occur twice daily, after the morning and the afternoon sessions.  


DEADLINE EXTENDED until June 10, 2019. More details can be found in the application document downloadable here. Workshop to be held in Ottawa, with support provided by OIRM to cover travel and accommodation costs.

See the workshop schedule at a glance here.

Global Speaker Series – Karen Christman
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome Karen Christman, PhD, a professor of bioengineering at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

Please check back soon for more details.


Till & McCulloch Meetings
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day

The Till & McCulloch Meetings are Canada’s stem cell research conference. As the only conference of its kind in Canada, TMM provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet and network with Canada’s leading stem cell scientists, clinicians, bioengineers and ethicists, as well as representatives from industry, government, health and NGO sectors from around the world.

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings will take place in Montréal, Québec, November 4-6, 2019.

Registration is open.  Submit your abstract by July 3, 2019 to be considered for an OIRM travel award.


Early Bird Registration closes on August 14, 2019

Online Registration closes on October 9, 2019

The 2019 Till & McCulloch Meetings are hosted by the Stem Cell Network and CCRM.


Global Speaker Series – James Wells
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In partnership with Medicine by Design, we are pleased to welcome James Wells, PhD, director for research, Division of Endocrinology, and chief scientific officer, Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM) at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati

Please check back soon for more details.